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    Thread: 1981 rabbit 2.0 16v build.

    1. Member watchxmexdie's Avatar
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      01-14-2011 10:35 AM #1
      Harold:

      i was on louisvilevw.org few weeks ago saw this rabbit for 125$ and me being me. i got to thinking..... my thoughts were like, man i really do hate this mint 1992 passat thats in complete full working order that i only scored for 500$ and it only had 88,429 miles on it. so after i called the guy up about the rabbit. found out that it was a former diesel. its all there just no engine, no left fender, no front gille lights etc. so the 27th of December comes along and i drive down south to Scipio Indiana where i think i'm buying a rabbit thats going to be beat to hell and back. i get there its not too bad i mean it needs a fender and an engine. but i was happy to see that it wasn't to rusty. the floor boards are ok. not perfect. but not horrible. but the interior is clean. really nice tan carpet and dash. no cracks. so my achievements on this one. saving a rabbit that could have just rotted in a field with a bunch of other volkswagens

      but my plan on this one is to swap a full 2.0 16v with 88.429 miles on it. running the whole CE2 box with it. and thats about it.

      what i have all done now is the whole wiring set up for it to run CE2. got it all hooked up with no problems. as of now i await for a transmission and a clutch assembly.
      more pics to come when my friend comes over with his nikon

      in these picture the car i got was the one with out the fender by the red Mk2!
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      and these pictures were taken by the previous owner. at the moment i don't have a camera.
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      01-14-2011 10:52 AM #2
      Is that a Mica Red GTI in the back???

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      01-14-2011 10:54 AM #3
      call your friends and save some more of them!
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      01-14-2011 10:56 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by syracusegli View Post
      call your friends and save some more of them!
      haha if i had more money i would have bought another. guy had a blue one out there with out the engine he was trying to sell to me for 200$ but he did have a sweet 76 or 77 rocco sitting there that i wanted.
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      01-14-2011 02:34 PM #5
      anyone got a white fender? and front grille forsale? or a transmission!
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      01-21-2011 01:16 AM #6
      still no pics. but got a few things done today. took the dash out. and scrubbed all the mold off it looks mint now. man i love clean tan interiors <3

      and then i also mounted my CE2 fuseblock right inf ront of the mk1 fuseblock you can't even tell there is two there. looks super mint. i also got B3 front seats in as well.

      but i still await a clutch set up and engine setup as well. after i get all that and engine in the car. the last things i need are:

      fuel pump.
      100mm axles. then she should be on the road... i'm excited. shouldn't be too long.

      i need to get a camera and i would get some nice pics up. just waiting on a friend to swoop on by with his badass nikon.
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    7. 01-21-2011 03:59 AM #7
      nice man lets see some progress! What kind of engine you gonna drop in?

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      01-21-2011 09:32 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Deathloc View Post
      nice man lets see some progress! What kind of engine you gonna drop in?
      2.0 16v. i mean it's going to be awesome!
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    9. 01-21-2011 01:38 PM #9
      sweet haha I got a 1.6deisal :C I want something BIGGER

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      01-22-2011 01:17 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Deathloc View Post
      sweet haha I got a 1.6deisal :C I want something BIGGER
      i mean ill trade you for my enigne. id love a diesel.
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      01-22-2011 02:31 PM #11
      Doing the same build as you, can't wait to see your progress!

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      01-22-2011 03:50 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by wut_cel View Post
      Doing the same build as you, can't wait to see your progress!
      sweet! how much progress you have on yours? you doing the same wireup?
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      01-22-2011 04:04 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by watchxmexdie View Post
      sweet! how much progress you have on yours? you doing the same wireup?
      My build will take a long time, on a super tight budget. To be honest, I'll be wiring as little as possible. I'm going to use carbs and am shooting for 200 whp. The other problem is this is my daily driver.. When I get a beater and actually start my build, I'll link you to it hah I'll he watching yours and learning much! Make sure to post a ton of pictures

    14. 01-22-2011 04:21 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by watchxmexdie View Post
      i mean ill trade you for my enigne. id love a diesel.
      im in cali....

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      01-22-2011 04:48 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by wut_cel View Post
      My build will take a long time, on a super tight budget. To be honest, I'll be wiring as little as possible. I'm going to use carbs and am shooting for 200 whp. The other problem is this is my daily driver.. When I get a beater and actually start my build, I'll link you to it hah I'll he watching yours and learning much! Make sure to post a ton of pictures
      or forsure.... thats how mine is. i honestly haven't spent any money yet on this build. the only money i have spent were on the two cars i have bought. which is only 625$ but i have everything for my swap needed in my passat. except transmission and fuel pump. thats only where i'll be spending money at. is those two items! ill get pics of my wire up and all i have done so far. just waiting on a camera! but mine is coming along perfectly!
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      01-23-2011 06:43 PM #16
      Got some pictures. sorry if they suck. celll phone pics !


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      i need a fender.
      but from looking at the car. you can tell it has been repainted like a flat white color. doesn't look bad. but whoever did it couldn't paint. there are a few runs...

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      don't you love my fender hole.... its staying there!

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      got the passat seats in they are nice fitting. move back in forth in no problem...

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      engine that im using. i haven't really even cleaned it up. it came out of the passat this way..

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      and i have myself a little cool disel sticker

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      01-23-2011 07:04 PM #17
      whats the best way you guys push in your gas shocks for the bumpers in?
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    18. 01-23-2011 07:26 PM #18
      Drill the shock to let the pressure off and kick them in. Thats what I did on a set.
      Was pretty easy to press them in.
      Some people say drive into a wall, slowly. Ive no idea why anyone would do that.

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      01-23-2011 07:39 PM #19
      200whp...not going to happen, sorry man. Not on NA.

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    20. 01-23-2011 07:46 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by wut_cel View Post
      I'm going to use carbs and am shooting for 200 whp.
      Agreed.
      About 125whp is a real good guess as to where you'll be without spending lots of money to get to 200.
      You could spend huge amounts of money and still not touch 200 at the wheels.

    21. 01-23-2011 07:52 PM #21
      our rally car puts out 203 at the wheels, NA.

      it's also 14:1 compression, blueprinted and balanced, and has a head job that cost as much as a small country.

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      01-23-2011 08:27 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by deathhare. View Post
      Drill the shock to let the pressure off and kick them in. Thats what I did on a set.
      Was pretty easy to press them in.
      Some people say drive into a wall, slowly. Ive no idea why anyone would do that.
      see thats what one of my friends told me, i just was like no..... but yeah im bout to go drill a hole in all four and start kicking the **** out of them! i don't want then all the way in. i just want then in about a half inch or so!
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      01-23-2011 09:23 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by B4S View Post
      200whp...not going to happen, sorry man. Not on NA.

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      Quote Originally Posted by deathhare. View Post
      Agreed.
      About 125whp is a real good guess as to where you'll be without spending lots of money to get to 200.
      You could spend huge amounts of money and still not touch 200 at the wheels.
      200 is my goal.

      Quote Originally Posted by psychobandito View Post
      our rally car puts out 203 at the wheels, NA.

      it's also 14:1 compression, blueprinted and balanced, and has a head job that cost as much as a small country.
      That's what Ive got budgeted to spend in the next year or two.


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    24. 01-23-2011 09:25 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by psychobandito View Post
      our rally car puts out 203 at the wheels, NA.

      it's also 14:1 compression, blueprinted and balanced, and has a head job that cost as much as a small country.

      Exactly.
      Awesome numbers require awesome cash flow.

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      01-23-2011 09:34 PM #25
      If you've got to do it, go for it. You may notice a distinct lack of threads about 200whp NA 16vs, and I have to say it's not because you're the first to think of it...it's because it's generally unrealistic to actually build one for anything other than track racing or pipe dreaming.
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      01-23-2011 10:08 PM #26
      LOL! i think my 2.0 has 134 HP stock, and thats not even to the wheels! but hey 134 HP engine in a rabbit. still peppy. and thats all i want!
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      01-23-2011 10:52 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by B4S View Post
      If you've got to do it, go for it. You may notice a distinct lack of threads about 200whp NA 16vs, and I have to say it's not because you're the first to think of it...it's because it's generally unrealistic to actually build one for anything other than track racing or pipe dreaming.
      The 9a I'm building is for a track only rabbit, and maybe some pipe dreaming

      This thread is my inspiration!

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      01-23-2011 11:00 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by wut_cel View Post
      The 9a I'm building is for a track only rabbit, and maybe some pipe dreaming

      This thread is my inspiration!
      well i hope as my progress goes. it helps you out as well. if you have a build thread. send it to me. love to watch it as well!
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    29. 01-24-2011 08:15 AM #29
      you need an ABA bottom end. don't use a 9A.

      you can find a block for 50$ if you're shooting for200 whp you'll need new crank rods and pistons anyway.

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      01-24-2011 07:10 PM #30
      got some cleaning done on it today! and fixed the windows.

      and i remounted the bubble coolant tank so my strut brace fits.
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      01-26-2011 06:10 PM #31
      i love the hole in the fender, you better leave it!!!
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      01-27-2011 10:42 AM #32
      today i plan to clean up things, and getting the car ready for the tranny i'm getting this weekend. pretty excited. this are looking good. hopefully after i get that in there. engine will turn over. then a get a fuel pump and i am good to go.. i'll get some pics up of the car all cleaned and what not!
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      01-30-2011 10:55 AM #33
      i should be getting a tranny today!
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    34. 01-30-2011 03:08 PM #34
      what kind?

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      02-06-2011 06:18 PM #35
      got a transmission today. with axles fly wheel and pressure plate. then ordred a new clutch!

      engine should be in by thursday or friday evening.
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